Mahmudullah Riyad Dropped from Bangladesh T20 World Cup Squad 2022
After Mushfiqur’s retirement, as the date of the T20 World Cup squad announcement approached, the amount of talk around Mahmudullah Riyad grew. On Wednesday, September 14th, Bangladesh announced the T20 World Cup Squad and it was announced that Mahmudullah Riyad was dropped from the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. The World Cup squad was revealed by the chief selector Minhajul Abidin Nannu and another member of the selection panel, Habibul Bashar Suman.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is releasing the team for the T20 World Cup, which will take place in Australia in October and November of this year. Mahmudullah Riyad, who lost the leadership position in this format prior to the Asia Cup, did not make the 15-man roster published. As a justification for his omission from the World Cup squad, the selectors assert that Mahmudullah Riyad is not in the future plans for Bangladesh cricket.
Before the tour to Zimbabwe, Mahmudullah Riyad was rested for the whole series without being removed from the position of captain. If he is utilized in the series’ last match. Shakib Al Hasan then carried BCB to victory in the T20 format on his shoulders.
Despite losing the captaincy, Mahmudullah Riyad continued to participate in Twenty-Twenty cricket. However, the team’s dismal performance in the just finished Asia Cup once again raises worries regarding the series finale. Those who perform, from board officials to captain Shakib Al Hasan himself, will be on the team. After Shakib’s declaration, veteran Mushfiqur Rahim declared his retirement from international Twenty20 back at home.
Regarding the omission of Mahmudullah Riyad from the World Cup roster, head selector Nannu stated, “We hold Mahmudullah Riyad in the highest regard. He has won several quality bouts. The arrival of our new technical consultant. He offered a plan. The aim for the next twelve months is to move in a new path.”
Riyad (Mahmudullah Riyad) has been sacked with the approval of the entire team management, he said.
Since the World Cup, Mahmudullah Riyad has batted with an average of 16.54 and a strike rate of 102.82 in 11 T20 matches. In the past two Asia Cup matches, his strike rate was 92.59 in one and 122.72 in another. Because of his sluggishness in scoring runs, he was kept on the World Cup team.
Since 2007, Mahmudullah Riyad has participated in 121 T20 matches. It is the highest T20 game record held by any Bangladeshi cricketer.
As he is not on the World Cup roster, Mahmudullah Riyad’s future in this edition has become unknown. However, the selector Habibul Bashar Suman expressed optimism for the last West Indies series skipper, Mahmudullah Riyad. He stated, “Every player has the potential to play for the national team till retirement.”
The words of Habibul Bashar Suman seem hopeful, but the reality is challenging. Even though Mashrafe Bin Mortuza has not officially retired from One-Day International cricket, he is not considered for squad selection. Similar phrases were used by the selectors when he was dropped.